Oxeye Daisy

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Ox-Eye Daisy – Leucanthemum vulgare is a hardy flower that prefers abundant sunshine and water and rich, draining soil.

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Oxeye Daisy - Leucanthemum Vulgare

The Oxeye Daisy is a perennial that is often used as an ornamental flower in gardens. Its white flower blooms in early spring through summer and measures about 1 ¼”-2” across. Oblong petals surround 15-35 yellow florets. It has a medium growth speed and can reach 1’-3’ height. It prefers to grow in zones 4-9 in full sun to partial shade and needs damp soil that contains loam. Ox-Eye Daisy is a hardy flower that prefers abundant sunshine and water and rich, draining soil. When late autumn arrives, the plants should be cut down to the ground, within three inches. The plants' roots send up new growth in spring. There are numerous varieties of the daisy, with the white Shasta daisy being the most popular.

Adding a little animal manure or organic compost into the existing soil will encourage the plant to develop plenty of blooms. When planting daisies, make sure there is enough space between the plants for proper air circulation, about one to two feet. The Ox-Eye Daisy is a flower that is also simple to grow from seed. If sowing directly into the garden, lightly cover with about 1/8 inch of soil. Seeds will germinate in 10-20 days, but don't expect the plant to bloom until the second year after planting.

If purchasing Ox-Eye Daisy plant in a container, then plant it in the spring.

If grown in cold weather regions, experts advise providing a thick layer of mulch for winter protection.

The Ox-Eye Daisy thrives best in gardens from Zone 4 through Zone 9. As far as insects go, luckily with the daisy, this isn't a problem, being a low maintenance plant. The only pests that can mar the daisy are slugs and snails. To counter that, after watering daisies, dust plants with diatomaceous earth from an applicator. This is a useful and non-toxic method for controlling all insect pests that crawl on plants.

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